The record-breaking RUDU contingent at William & Mary gathers on the steps of Washington Hall for a photo in sunny Virginia.  Left to right: Russell Potter, Sean Leonard, Luana Wang [Albany], Storey Clayton, Josh Pomerantz, Henry Phipps, Quinn Maingi, Alex Jubb, Zach Sinkiewicz, Gordon Morrisette, Nick Hansen, Arbi Llaveshi, Victoria Disla, and Vidhaath Sripathi.  (Not pictured: Adam Bomeisl)
The record-breaking RUDU contingent at William & Mary gathers on the steps of Washington Hall for a photo in sunny Virginia. Left to right: Russell Potter, Sean Leonard, Luana Wang [Albany], Storey Clayton, Josh Pomerantz, Henry Phipps, Quinn Maingi, Alex Jubb, Zach Sinkiewicz, Gordon Morrisette, Nick Hansen, Arbi Llaveshi, Victoria Disla, and Vidhaath Sripathi. (Not pictured: Adam Bomeisl)

The Rutgers University Debate Union (RUDU) broke a record four teams to quarterfinals at William & Mary this weekend, taking the 5th through 8th spots and also appearing in novice finals. While RUDU had broken four teams at the University of Pennsylvania this season as well, two of them dropped in octofinals and thus this was the first time Rutgers comprised half the quarterfinal bracket.

Here are the official RUDU results from the second William & Mary contest of the season:
Arbi Llaveshi & Gordon Morrisette – 5th Team
Quinn Maingi & Vidhaath Sripathi – 6th Team
Henry Phipps & Luana Wang [Albany] – 7th Team
Alex Jubb & Nick Hansen – 8th Team
Sean Leonard – 1st Speaker
Alex Jubb – 8th Speaker
Quinn Maingi – 9th Speaker
Zach Sinkiewicz & Victoria Disla – 2nd Novice Team
Nick Hansen – 2nd Novice Speaker
Vidhaath Sripathi – 3rd Novice Speaker

The top speaker award for Leonard is the third this year and the fourth of his career, both extending team records he set earlier this season. He is now the 15th ranked speaker in the country, joining teammates Ashley Novak and Maingi in the top twenty. The break to novice finals was the first ever for Disla and the third novice break in a row for Sinkiewicz.

Meanwhile, Ashley Novak won a speaker award and broke to out-rounds at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tournament this weekend in Boston:
Ashley Novak & Jean McCabe [Brown] – 5th Team
Ashley Novak – 10th Speaker

The tournaments this weekend ran Rutgers’ break streak to six weekends and pushed several debaters even closer to qualifying for Nationals with a month to go before the prestigious championships. Llaveshi now leads the pack with 13 points of the necessary 14, with Phipps (12.75) and Hansen (11.5) close behind. Deepta Janardhan (11), Adam Bomeisl (8.75), and Jubb (7.5) are also all over halfway. Sripathi broke for the second time in a month and stands at 2 points and Morrisette earned qualification points for the first time this season.

Five RUDU debaters (Novak, Russell Potter, Leonard, Rachel Moon, and Maingi) are already qualified to attend Nationals. The team as a whole is chasing last year’s team record of seven qualifications for a season.

While Rutgers is on spring break this week, the season schedule rolls on with seven teams slated to compete for Rutgers at Swarthmore this weekend.